Phoebe Hackman

Phoebe Hackman 2 days, 18 hours ago on Thoughtful Parenting: Broccoli and autism spectrum disorders — A better future for our children

Russell, I can almost guarantee your girls will like these two things:

  1. Kale Chips. These things are crazy addictive. They don't taste like kale, they're easy and kind of fun to make. Here's a recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-kale-chips/detail.aspx

  2. Don't let them see you make this: For each serving, blend a banana, a handful of baby spinach and a handful of blueberries with coconut water, almond milk or low-fat milk and some ice. Don't use soy milk; it seems to bring out the flavor of the spinach. Higher fat milk makes it a little too thick. The ice helps chop everything up. If it's too green, add blueberries until it turns a lovely purple. Every little kid I've ever made this for has loved it ... as long as they didn't see the spinach go in!

Let me know how it goes!

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Phoebe Hackman 4 days, 16 hours ago on Fielding: Another name proposed

John: "... for all time and all cultures marriage involved a man and a woman and their children." That's not exactly true. Polygamy was the way to go throughout most of history. Originally, marriage had nothing to do with love or children; it had to do with political alliances. People even married their close family members to accomplish this. And, in many societies, homosexuals were accepted and even celebrated. In some societies, they were even considered essential and represented balance. Marriage as we know it and homosexuality being considered wrong are strictly Christian concepts. Ten thousand generations is only about 500 years. In the grand scheme of things ... not that long. For thousands of years before that, things were different.

"An embrace of gay culture will certainly result in more homosexual activity." Oh my. This makes me think you still believe homosexuality is contagious somehow. It isn't. It just isn't. Not even with long-term exposure. Nobody changed colors when black people were given equal rights and I feel pretty confident in saying that giving gay people equal rights will not cause more homosexuality.

"If having had sexual relations of some kind with a same gender partner means one is homosexual, there are few among us who are straight." Whoa. Where'd that come from?

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Phoebe Hackman 5 days, 8 hours ago on Fielding: Another name proposed

If you think Dan Shores started a cesspool in that other forum, you and the others were sure quick to jump in after him. Don't think for a second that I agree with any of you.

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Phoebe Hackman 5 days, 9 hours ago on Fielding: Another name proposed

In no way, shape or form was your grocery store story presented as an "allegory" (wrong word, by the way) and you didn't back pedal on that one until someone called you on it. Ditto the $1000 wine. You were just waiting for some expected effect? Right.

What I knew instantly when I ready your grocery piece was that it was a BS story and a weird way to make a point. Clearly, from the ensuing comments, there were people who thought it might be true, so your parable may not have been as clear as you thought. But then you often have to suffer with the rest of us just not getting it like you do ...

How do I presume to rightly know ... blah, blah, blah? I don't. That's why I used the word "maybe" so many times.

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Phoebe Hackman 5 days, 9 hours ago on Fielding: Another name proposed

There you go, thinking you can speak for other people again. I, for one, never said I was tolerant. In fact, my tolerance threshold is quite low. And I think it is absolutely acceptable for both "parties" to question each other's mental health. When everyone's out to get you, it's good to know who you can trust.

Party on, dude!

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Phoebe Hackman 5 days, 11 hours ago on Fielding: Another name proposed

Can you believe this whole thing got started by two posts from a guy who never really expresses his own opinion about the article? No, really. Read his first two rants, wherein he uses the word "they" 13 times, evidently speaking for a group of people I'm pretty sure would NOT choose him as their spokesman. He uses the word "I" 3 times: Once to relate his ball game with strangers story (we'll get to that later), once to assure us he's telling the truth, and once to express his belief that nobody gets it like he does.

Now about that bar story. 'Cause, let's face it ... he's watching a ball game with strangers. Kind of a weird detail, don't you think? That's because he has a history of making up stories to illustrate his point du jour. (Remember the "I was in the grocery store the other day" and "I'm in Alaska drinking $1000 wine" stories?) Whether this particular story is true or not, my brain is still trying to make the leap from a comment made by a guy in a bar about a fictional movie ... to a diatribe about the progressive left. Maybe the guy in the bar thought he'd get a laugh out of his buddies, or maybe he was having a bad day and pterodactyls eating his noisy neighbors sounded good (been there), or maybe he was being sarcastic. But Mark knows that it wasn't any of those things. It was an actual position. And he knows this because ... wait, they were strangers. Hm.

What a hoot. But for some real entertainment, check out "Ken Collins: No harm, no foul" article where they're posting like a bunch of 15 year old girls.

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Phoebe Hackman 1 week, 1 day ago on Affordable apartments pass first test with city of Steamboat, more to come

Yes, both of my parents are gone now. They both died a good death. Mama brought me into this world and I will be forever grateful that I was able to be there to help her out of it. As her estimated time of departure approached, I saw her attitude change about a lot of things, especially money and "stuff". She would scribble thoughts on little pieces of paper and cut things out of magazines and newspapers that expressed her feelings of "letting go". For this forum, I think this little tidbit, carefully torn from some publication, is appropriate:

"Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt."

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